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Smart Transformers Aim to Power and Electric Cars

Just the first electric vehicles rolled into garages in 2010, there was speculation transformers would be exploding in if multiple cars were in at the same time around a

Each car, such as the Leaf, has an electrical load to a house. For a transformer that is to handle only so much too many EVs can overload it and cause it to


But it doesn’t have to be that Transformers, which adjust the coming off power lines and homes, are getting smarter. was once a dependable piece of that delivered power into homes now needs to be sophisticated about how it sends electricity. Smart transformers named one of MIT Technology Review’s Technologies of 2011, but in reality are just one piece of power that are evolving to meet the for greater efficiency and more monitoring on the grid

Transformers are the major source of loss on the distribution circuit, Gary Rackliffe, VP of Smart for ABB, a company that in power and automation technologies.

The Department of Energy already new transformers to be more efficient. The problem, however, is that of the transformers sitting atop poles aren’t well with the electricity needs of the they serve.

Replacing transformers with efficient models that deliver too much power it goes to waste could the need for less power overall. Utilities can now use smart to better monitor how much buildings are using and use that to match the load to the equipment.

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Smart transformers, which sensor packages to measure and temperature, are already available to — along with intelligent devices that can manage the voltage and two-way of power as more distributed resources come onto the

There are also advances to transformers to switch between current, which is what use, and direct current. said that these being developed by ABB in conjunction North Carolina State would probably have applications in coming years, in a neighborhood that has a data which uses DC power. they could be used in with a lot of solar arrays.

If a neighborhood full of solar and EVs seems far off, there are immediate benefits to a more grid: Shorter, more power outages.

Customers see an outage, Rackliffe told but instead of an hour, they can re-energize everyone except connected to the [fault] within

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